The Mad Overlord Trebor was once only power-mad, but went off the deep end after he acquired a magical amulet of immense power, only to have it stolen from him by his nemesis, the evil archmage Werdna. Werdna, not quite sure how to use the amulet properly, accidentally causes an earthquake which creates a ten-level dungeon beneath Trebor's castle. To avoid looking silly, Werdna declares the dungeon to be the new lair for him and his monster hordes. Trebor, not to be outdone, declares the labyrinth his new Proving Grounds where adventurers must prove themselves for membership in his elite honor guard, and incidentally retrieve his amulet in the process.
The first Wizardry was one of the original dungeon-crawling role-playing games, and stands along with Ultima and Might & Magic as one of the defining staples of the genre.
The player generates and control a party of up to six different adventurers, choosing from four races (humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes and hobbits), three alignments (good, neutral and evil), and four basic classes (fighter, priest, mage and thief). These can later evolve into elite classes (bishop: priest with mage spells; samurai: fighter with mage spells; lord: fighter with priest spells, and ninja: fighter with thief abilities) if they meet the necessary level requirements. After outfitting the party with basic weapons and armor, the player sends it into a 3D vector maze-like dungeon to fight monsters in turn-based combat and find treasure.
Reviewer:Mike D R
February 5, 2015 Subject:
Can't get this to work...
After I try to create a character, it asks me to hit to exit. But the dos-box uses for its own purposes - I can't seem to exit this screen. A shame, because I remember playing this game for months as a wayward youth.
January 13, 2015 Subject:
No Number Functionality
It seems that when you are prompted to use the number keys, there is no functionality.
Go to say, Boltacs Trading Post in the Castle. It says 'Who Will Enter? #' - you can't select a character. Same thing when you try to enter the Maze and Reorder. You can't Reorder the party because there's no number functionality.
This was a great game from my childhood and I'd love to play it again. Hope this can be fixed.